Social media seems to be full of ways to make life easier. Call them tips, call them hacks, call them hints—it all boils down to doing things quicker, easier and faster. It was my turn to set the topic this week on Romance Writers Weekly, and if there’s one thing I like it is anything to make me more efficient. I suggested the following:
Let’s share our best life tips. The internet is full of hacks to make cleaning, cooking, packing and everything else in life easier, but which work and which don’t? Share your shortcuts here!
I can't wait to hop around and get some new tips from my fellow writers. If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome! I have two simple tips to share.
Not only is mixing baking soda and vinegar fun (it fuzzes and fizzes!) it cleans almost anything! I use it on my stainless-steel sink, even pouring it down the drain to help clear small clogs. That and a little elbow grease and it looks like new. My husband even used the combination to clean the glue from a cement floor after pulling up sticky floor tiles.
Vinegar alone is very useful, too. If you’ve got an electric kettle that is brown and stained on the inside from water deposits, just add about half a cup of vinegar, fill the rest with water and boil as usual. It takes it all off! I usually run another pot of water after just to make sure there is no residue of vinegar, but it works like a charm!
I grew up knowing the bread in the brown sugar hack. My grandmother and mother both did it, and I simply assumed everyone else did, too. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I saw my mother-in-law chipping away at her brown sugar did I realize it wasn’t as well known as I thought. Trust me on this. Put a heel of bread in your sugar container. I bake rarely, and even when I go back to it months later and the bread is all dried up, the sugar is still soft and easier to use! Just replace the bread when you think of it and you’re good to go!
What life hacks do you have that you’d like to share? I’d love to learn from you—just leave a note in the comments!
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